Federal employees will receive a small increase in their per diems starting in October, the General Services Administration announced Friday. Federal agencies will reimburse their employees traveling in “standard” areas of the continental United States up to $129 per day for expenses -- $83 for lodging and $46 for meals and incidentals -- in fiscal 2014. The lodging per diem increased from $77 in fiscal 2013, while the meals portion held steady. GSA did not increase the federal per diem last year. GSA’s per diem is about 5 percent lower than the average daily rate of the market, the agency said. While the rate applies to about 2,600 counties, 400 additional “non-standard areas” -- or NSAs -- receive individual calculations. Feds traveling in cities with high costs of living, such as New York City, receive inflated reimbursements, for example. GSA also announced the elimination of the Conference Lodging Allowance, which let federal travelers spend 25 percent more than per diem rates for conferences. The move will save the government $10 million in fiscal 2014, GSA said. Get the full story at Government Executive